The route of the Olympic torch relay in Hong Kong on May 2 will be cut short to avoid embarrassing scenes following the violent protests in London and Paris this week, a source said. Chief Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen, who left for Beijing yesterday with Police Commissioner Tang King-shing, is expected to meet the Beijing Olympics organisers today to discuss security requirements for the relay. A government source said the route announced earlier would be adjusted for security reasons. A second run along Nathan Road and a visit to Hong Kong Park have both been omitted, according to the source. Each torch-bearer will run about 200 metres. In Kowloon and the New Territories, the route will include Salisbury Road, Nathan Road, Kowloon Park, the Tsing Ma Bridge and Sha Tin's sports facilities. It will then be relayed to Tsim Sha Tsui and then transported to the Star Ferry pier. Across the harbour, the torch will visit the Legislative Council building, Chater Road, and be taken to Wan Chai Sports Ground, bypassing Hong Kong Park, before reaching Golden Bauhinia Square for the closing ceremony. 'Hong Kong is the first stop on Chinese soil for the relay so the government will hope to avoid the embarrassing scenes,' the source said.